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sapele

[suh-pee-lee] /səˈpi li/
noun
1.
Also called aboudikro. the mahoganylike wood of any of several African trees of the genus Entandrophragma, used for making furniture.
2.
a tree, especially Entandrophragma cylindricum, of the mahogany family, yielding this wood.
Also called sapele mahogany.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; after Sapele, a port on the Benin River in S Nigeria
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British Dictionary definitions for sapele mahogany

sapele

/səˈpiːlɪ/
noun
1.
any of several W African meliaceous trees of the genus Entandrophragma, esp E. cylindricum, yielding a hard timber resembling mahogany
2.
the timber obtained from such a tree, used to make furniture
Word Origin
C20: West African name
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Encyclopedia Article for sapele mahogany

Sapele

town and port, Delta state, southern Nigeria. It lies along the Benin River just below the confluence of the Ethiope and Jamieson rivers, 98 miles (158 km) from the Escravos Bar and entrance to the Bight of Benin. The town also lies on the road that branches to Warri, Ughelli, and Asaba and is connected by ferry to the road to Benin City.

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